As leaders, our words hold power.
What we say and how we say it, whether in tone and inflection or body language, are all interpreted by our audience based on their individual lenses. Regardless of our intent, it is that individual perception that most influences reality.
Every communication has a purpose, from informing to influencing. It could be setting objectives for the year, rallying the troops to meet a key deadline, or announcing organizational change.
Starting a new job is like starting a new relationship. It can be intoxicating, making you want to spend all your time with it. It can be stressful, learning new things about yourself and others. It can be as comforting as a warm blanket.
While each job is different, as each relationship is different, there are patterns that emerge over time.
Recognizing a pattern, and determining if it’s a healthy or unhealthy one, is the only way to make sure we achieve the outcomes we desire. This can make the difference between a long-term commitment and a short-term crash and burn.
If you’ve been reading my articles for more than five minutes, you probably know I’m a movie nut. And I absolutely love series movies that tell a story over time.
It all started with my mom’s crush on Captain Kirk. She had a thing for William Shatner. The one with the fake tan, eyeliner and a bevy of green girls.
She loved the original Star Trek TV show and my brother and I watched all the episodes. When the movies came out, the family was expected to go – even when it became uncool to go to the movies with your parents.
As with most stories, it has only been in the last few years that I see the characters I grew up with as more than their fiction. As flawed entities working together to overcome adversity. As potential leaders that make good choices and bad, but always for something more than themselves.